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Fragile Glory: A Portrait of France and the French

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An enormously entertaining account of contemporary France from the former Paris bureau chief of The New York Times. Bernstein combines personal memoir, informed observation, and news-hound curiosity to offer a stirring and unforgettable panaorama of France—at times exalted, troubling, and occasionally absurd.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 26th 1991 by Plume (first published 1990)
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Before my 2006 trip to France, the Rick Steves (Travels in Europe) website listed this book as a good insight into the French view life. It was an invaluable aid in understanding the wonderful French culture. I'm glad I read it before my visit.
I inherited this book from the library of a dearly departed friend, who had lived in France and who loved the French culture. As bureau chief of the The New York Times in Paris, Bernstein leads the reader through all aspects of life in France, from politics, to cuisine, style, attitudes, and personal philosophies of the French. Though references to political figures reflect the author's time there in the eighties, he presents a panorama of the country and the people with both honesty and humor ...more
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Growing up in the small town of East Haddam, Connecticut, RICHARD BERNSTEIN always dreamed of seeing the world, and after he finished university he figured a great way to do that would be to become a newspaper reporter. So he became a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine and then the New York Times, which sent him all expenses paid!) to lots of countries, including Hong Kong, China, Thailand, I ...more
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